The Authenticity Hoax: How We Get Lost Finding Ourselves
One of Canada's hippest, smartest cultural critics takes on the West's defining value.
We live in a world increasingly dominated by the fake, the prepackaged, the artificial: fast food, scripted reality TV shows, Facebook "friends," and fraudulent memoirs. But people everywhere are demanding the exact opposite, heralding "authenticity" as the cure for isolated individualism and shallow consumerism. Restaurants promote the authenticity of their cuisine, while condo developers promote authentic loft living and book reviewers regularly praise the authenticity of a new writer's voice.
International bestselling author Andrew Potter brilliantly unpacks our modern obsession with authenticity. In this perceptive and thought-provoking blend of pop culture, history, and philosophy, he finds that far from serving as a refuge from modern living, the search for authenticity often creates the very problems it's meant to solve.
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Review: The Authenticity Hoax: How We Get Lost Finding OurselvesUser Review - Tracy - Goodreads
This was a fun interesting read although I did get bogged down somewhere in the middle due to trying to read it during nightshift instead of when I was properly awake. Andrew Potter's premise is that ... Read full review
Review: The Authenticity Hoax: How We Get Lost Finding OurselvesUser Review - Jason - Goodreads
This book does demonstrate the abundance of "authentic spinsters" that proliferate the marketing world of today as "authenticity" is used to provide a sense of comfort and originality to today's ... Read full review
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